Sister Cities of Durham, Inc. links Durham with cities around the world with Sister Cities in China, Costa Rica, England, Greece, Japan, Mexico, Romania, Russia and Tanzania.
Our Mission is to promote world peace by mutual cooperation and respect between international peoples. All the partnerships are signed by the respective Mayors.
Sister Cities of Durham is affiliated with Sister Cities International, which has over 500 US cities linking with over 2,000 cities in over 120 countries.
We have many exchange visits in the areas of Education, the Arts, Medicine, Local Government, Environment, Business.
In 1989, we were incorporated and became part of Sister Cities International. We built on an earlier link with Durham, England in 1975, and in 1989 added Kostroma, Russia and Toyama, Japan as Sister Cities, joining with Durham, England. In 1991, we added Arusha, Tanzania, and functioned with four Sister Cities until 2012. In 2012, we added Zhuzhou, China, and Kavala, Greece in 2017.
We also added Friendship cities: Kunshan, China in 2013, and Xianning, China in 2017.
In 2019, we added three new Sister Cities: Tilaran, Costa Rica; Celaya, Mexico; and Sibiu, Romania.
We thank our supporters:
The Center for the Global Learner at Durham Tech Community College
The Carolina China Council
Triangle Community Foundation -- Sister Cities of Durham Endowment Fund for International Understanding
Duke Homestead and Tobacco Museum Educational Foundation
Sister Communities of San Ramon, Nicaragua
Duke Garden - the Asiatic Arboretum
City of Durham